I didn't know that, that seems crazy. I can only think he wasn't doing that well for the 2nds, or maybe had fitness issues. Ended up carrying his bat for 270, something like 60% of the runs scored off the bat - a monumental performance.
Rather an unexpected lead for Essex, btw, though it's fair to say it owed at least as much to Napier and Phillips than to Cook's four-hour 50 - though that was no doubt a useful net for the England skipper.
Last edited by stumpski; 30-04-2013 at 11:57 AM.
It's the pitch, stupid.
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Really significant couple of knocks by Root imo. Until this season Root made good contributions but wasn't a really heavy runscorer- England picked him out on potential as much as runscoring. So it's nice that he seems to be really developing his runscoring abilities.
And during the Durham game he battled very hard in the first innings against a good opening attack of Onions and Rushworth at CLS. Good news for England.
And he just runs Jaques out for the 2nd time in 2 games.
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Gillespie needs to have a word with Gale and swap him around with Ballance in the batting order. Ballance already comfortably the better bat imo and more likely to make match winning contributions and is wasted at 6. Gale's technique is pretty wonky and he really doesn't score enough runs to bat at 4.
Vince having a real nice start to the season. Hasn't done much in fc cricket in the last couple of years but with him scoring runs it makes the Hampshire batting lineup look pretty balanced and possibly the most talented in the 2nd division.
Supporting Lancashire has become quite a depressing experience
Hoping Durham can make this lead count after last week's debacle.
Head was spinning looking at the Worcester score until I saw the opposition
Hants just lost their last four in 16 balls leaving Essex a target of 143.
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